Disney is moving forward with the development of a remake of the classic musical Oliver! which as you know, is based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The project was announced last year and it has also got a solid team of talent on board to bring it to life.
According to Deadline, the script for the film will be written by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games, The Butler). The director of Broadway's Hamilton, Thomas Kail, is set to helm the movie. Then there's the music, which will be handled by Marc Platt, who worked on La La Land. Oh, and I should probably mention that Ice Cube is producing and he's taking on the of the villainous Fagin.
I know you all know the story, but just in case you've been living under a rock since you've been born, the story follows the journey of an orphan boy who escapes the harsh conditions of a workhouse and ends up joining up with a group of young thieves led by Fagin. This time, the music will include a cross-genre soundtrack that will include hip-hop. I guess that should be a surprise with Ice Cube on board.
I actually really like the original 1968 film, which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It'll be interesting to see how this updated remake of the film turns out, especially with the hip-hop flair.
We know that Nick Fury is going to play a decent sized role in Captain Marvel. The movie is set in the 90s and he will be fighting alongside Carol Danvers as they find themselves in the middle of a war with the Skrull alien race.
With the film being set in the 90s, I've been wondering how they will handle Nick Fury's age. Would they cast a younger actor? Would they digitally make Samuel L. Jackson look younger? Well, in a recent interview with AV Club, Samuel L. Jackson offered some interesting information about Nick Fury, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. He says that he'll have another guys face! Here's the quote:
"We’re going back now, and I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story. You’ll see Nick Fury with another guy’s face, somebody that’s got two eyes, so that’s a whole big deal. You’ll see. It’s prior to the eye injury, no eye patch."
Another face? What the hell does that mean!? Will he use some kind of technology to change his appearance like he has in the comics? Does it just mean that he'll have two eyes? I don't know, but saying that Nick Fury will have another guys face is certainly an intriguing comment. He goes on to talk about how having two eyes will make it easier for him to learn his lines:
"It’ll be easier to learn my lines. It’s one of those weird kind of things. The first day I shot as Nick Fury with one eye, I couldn’t remember my lines. I was tired since we were coming from somewhere, so I thought it was fatigue. Then I realized I had learned my lines with two eyes. So, I had to start blocking my eye to learn my lines. It’s a stupid kind of thing, but it totally worked."
I think the most likely scenario for the whole " another guy's face" thing is that Jackson will be made to look over 20 years younger, but we'll just have to wait and see. What do you think he meant with his comment?
Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel whose alter ego is Air Force pilot Carol Danvers whose DNA is fused with that of an alien resulting in her superpowers. Ben Mendelsohn will play the main villain in the film, and Law is set to play the lead male role.
Captain Marvel is slated to be released on March 8th, 2019.
There are only six episodes left of Star Wars Rebels! The series is coming to an end and today we have a trailer for the series finale. This show has been an awesomely well-made wild ride and I can't wait to see how it all comes to an end.
This is a very exciting and action-packed trailer that fans are going to flip over! One of the coolest things about it is that it features Emperor Palpatine making his debut in the series! Ian McDermid, who played the character in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and all three prequel films, also returns to provide the voice of the character!
Disney XD has announced that the final six-episodes will roll out over three consecutive Mondays. The beginning of the end starts on February 19th at 9pm. It's going to be sad to see the series end, but it looks like it's going to end on a high note!
The Emmy-nominated series that blasted off in 2014 is ending as Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues its billion-dollar assault on Planet Earth. Disney XD will air back-to-back 30-minute episodes on February 19 and 26, culminating with another new half-hour and the 90-minute series finale on March 5. All of the new episodes will be available on VOD and digital platforms the day after their TV airings.
The series also stars Freddie Prinze Jr, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray, Dee Bradley Baker, David Oyelowo, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lars Mikkelsen and Warwick Davis.
Paramount has released the first full red-band trailer for their upcoming series reboot of the classic 1988 film Heathers. This is said to be a "pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day." It's definitely not the version of the film that you remember. This is a complete reimagining but it deals with the same issues, and it looks pretty wild.
The original film focused on Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), dealing with the social order in high school. The update features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers. Only this time around the outcasts have become the high school royalty. this definitly makes for an interesting twist.
Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) will be portrayed by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty in the film) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath (Brendan Scannell); and Heather Chandler (originally Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field. Newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox star as J.D. and Veronica, respectively.
Original Heathers star Shannen Doherty guest-stars in the pilot episode and you get your first look at her in this trailer that was released.
The report is said to "perfectly blends drama, love, rivalry, and comedy into a modern-day masterpiece." Watch the trailer for yourself below and tell us if this is a series that you'll be tuning in to watch.
Heathers premieres Wednesday, March 7th at 10 PM on Paramount Network.
Actor Ron Cephas Jones, who you might recognize from This is Us,Mr. Robot and Luke Cage has joined the cast of director David F. Sandberg's upcoming DC film Shazam! According to The Wrap, he will take on the role of The Wizard, which is a perfect character for him to play!
The Wizard is the mysterious figure who "bestows all the powers on a teenage Billy Batson (Asher Angel) so that he can magically transform into a fully adult-size superhero (Zachary Levi)."
In the comics, The Wizard is an ancient being and the last surviving member of a council of wizards who must find a champion to battle the evil Black Adam.
The movie also stars Mark Strong, who is set to play the villain, Doctor Sivana. Some of the other cast members include Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand. They will play Billy’s friends that live in a group home with him.
Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
If you're a fan of Sylvester Stallone's 1976 classic film Rocky, I've got a cool little treat for you today. Stallone recently shared the very first poster ever created for the movie and it is a hand drawn piece done by poster artist Tom Jung. This is the only copy of this poster that exists and it's pretty damn cool. The filmmaker went on to say that no one other than himself has seen this poster art for 42 years. I'm happy that he decided to share it with the world. You can see the full poster below which also features numerous other characters and scenes from the film, including Adrian, Mickey, and the iconic scene of Rocky running through the streets.
Thanks to Total Film, we have a few new images to share with you for Pacific Rim Uprising along with their magazine cover. One interesting thing that the photo above points out is that the Jaegers won't just be fighting giant Kaiju monsters... they'll be fighting each other. Why? I have no idea. Maybe there's another group with Jaegers that want to protect and help the Kaiju. Regardless of why we will see some Jaeger vs. Jaeger action, it's going to be a lot of fun watching them fight!
The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.
The film is being directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.
Pacific Rim: Uprising opens in theaters on March 23, 2018.
John Wick: Chapter 3is inching closer to production! We have some new information on the film thanks to That Hashtag Show. We already know that Keanu Reeves will be back to kick some ass as he fights to survive the army of assassins that will be out to kill him.
We've now learned that John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski will return for this next chapter of the franchise and that he will start shooting it on March 1st in New York City with additional filming possibly taking place in Spain and Russia.
As far as the rest of the cast goes, it's being reported that Common will return as Cassian, Laurence Fishburne will be back as the Bowery King, and Ruby Rose set to return as Ares. you can bet your ass that Ian McShane will return as well.
There's also going to be a few new characters introduced including the main antagonist, who is said to be the head of a Japanese crime syndicate. That character will be played by Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, Avengers 4). Reeves and Sanada previously appeared together in the 2013 film 47 Ronin. The report goes on to say:
We’ve also been told that there is a yet to be cast female role opposite Reeves. The studio is searching for an actress in her late 20s to early 40s and is open to diverse casting. While we’ve heard that Reeves is keen to bring actress Tilda Swinton into the John Wick franchise, this may NOT be that role.
When previously talking about the film,Stahelski discussed what he wanted to play with in this third chapter, saying:
“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully – we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”
John Wick: Chapter 3 is set to be released in theaters May 17, 2019. As we get closer to production, expect to see more news released on the film in the near future.
A lot of fans have been wondering why Rian Johnson didn't include The Knights of Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This group of evil warriors led by Kylo were set up by J.J. Abrams in The Force Awakens, and many people feel that it was a waste not to use them in the second chapter of this new trilogy. I'd love to know what their place is in the story, but that's just going to have to wait for Episode IX.
Johnson has offered up an explanation of why The Knights of Ren weren't used in his film and I'm sure the explanation won't make some fans happy. He basically says that if he did use them, he would have had Kylo kill them off. While appearing on the Empire podcast, the filmmaker said:
"I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards but then it would feel like wasting them because all those guards had to die. And if Kylo had some kind of connection to them it would’ve added a complication that wouldn’t have helped the scene… Truth is, I just didn’t see a place for them in the movie."
So there you have it. The scene that Johnson is referring to is the one where he and Rey temporarily teamed up to epically take out the Praetorian guard. If that's the only place that Johnson felt that he could have used The Knights of Ren, I'm glad he didn't use them! I'd like to get some kind of history and action out of them before they are killed off!
We still have one more film in the trilogy to go and I'm sure that J.J. Abrams will use The Knights of Ren. In the process, I hope that he answers all the questions that have arisen over the course of the first two films!
Starz has released an epically entertaining trailer and poster for Ash Vs. Evil Dead, and as you might expect, it's packed to the brim with bloody action and hilarious humor. I love this series and the insanely fun journey that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have taken Ash on. His adventure continues as he learns that he has a daughter who is being hunted by the deadites and he has to keep her safe. Along the way, they will be working on their extremely dysfunctional relationship. If you've ever wondered what Ash would be like as a dad... you're going to find out!
The third season finds Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long lost daughter who’s been entrusted in his care. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead.
The series also stars Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the Necronomicon; Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick and eternal optimist; and Dana DeLorenzo returns as Kelly Maxwell, orphaned in Season One and ready to kick some evil ass. Ash's daughter, Brandy Barr, is being played by newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead returns to Starz on February 25th!